Payola – or a tax cut?
In Canberra they don’t read Popbitch – but they love the Rehame
Federal Report, the chart of the number of mentions members of the
Commonwealth Parliament have got in the last week.
pretty bad news when you’re Shadow Treasurer – or that’s your title,
anyway – and your performance is even worse than Fiona Apple’s second
Yup. That’s right, Simon Crean hasn’t even managed to rate in the top forty most-mentioned Federal politicians for the week.
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he a dud? That shouldn’t hold him back. Jim Lloyd is on the list, after
all. And it wasn’t the winner of Australian Idol who got Paris Hilton.
We suspect the reason Crean isn’t charting is that the hitmakers won’t
put him on high rotation. They’ve heard his tune down at Centenary
House – and pulled the plug on him.
How many times have we
said it? The big on values, small on economic specifics strategy that
Labor are running just won’t get them across the line if they have to
Indeed, looking at the Federal Report, one
gets the impression Labor either simply hasn’t got an economic or a tax
policy – or the one they sketched out on the back of a napkin has
become far too expensive because Howard’s spending has stretched the
envelope way too far.
Crean isn’t the only Labor figure
conspicuous by his absence from this week’s Top 40. Finance spokesman
Bob McMullan and assistant Shadow Treasurer and Revenue Minister David
Cox don’t rate a mention either.
The charts are usually
about street cred – but the Rehame Top 40 suggest that Labor’s hitting
the wrong note if it wants to win fans amongst the business and finance
The only performer they have is Mark
Latham. A one man band. And as we saw on Lateline last week, when you
try to play all the economic instruments by yourself all at once, you
end up with the wrong number.
Who’s hot, who’s not: The Rehame Top 40 Pols
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